January 16, 2018 – 10:55 pm EST | 2 Comments

Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR and the chronically dishonest Southern Poverty Law Center are very upset with Phil Parrish, a Republican candidate for Governor of Minnesota. According to the SPLC: Regina Mustafa, founder of the Minnesota-based Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam, reached out to Parrish after learning he attended a talk by Usama Dakdok called […]

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Choudhary Wants "Hate Speech" Enforcer
February 12, 2006 – 4:04 am EST | 5 Comments
Choudhary Wants "Hate Speech" Enforcer

Today’s Herald on Sunday quotes Labour MP Ashraf Choudhary calling for “an agency capable of punishing the media for attacks on minorities”. Mr Choudhary also said “when freedom of speech becomes a tool to attack others and their beliefs and people feel discouraged, under attack, demeaned—then something has to be done. It’s no licence to […]

15,000 Hits
February 12, 2006 – 3:51 am EST | One Comment
15,000 Hits

Just ticked over 15,000 hits. My “Pinkometer” tells me that 7,041 were from socialists.

Heather Roy on ‘Those’ Cartoons
February 11, 2006 – 4:14 am EST | 6 Comments
Heather Roy on ‘Those’ Cartoons

ACT MP Heather Roy has an interesting piece in her latest “Heather Roy’s Diary” on how the Muhammed cartoon furore was sparked and some local reactions. In September last year Denmark’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, printed twelve cartoons of the prophet Muhammed in various poses. The newspaper’s stated issue was self censorship; a Danish author […]

Russel Reminder 2, Jeanette Fitzsimons
February 10, 2006 – 4:08 am EST | 2 Comments
Russel Reminder 2, Jeanette Fitzsimons

Russel Norman, probable future Green party co-leader was once a member of Australian Marxist-Leninist organisation, the Democratic Socialist Party. When I pointed out that other senior Greens had past links with the DSP, Norman claimed not to be aware of it. His own Party leader Jeanette Fizsimons attended a DSP organised “Green Left” conference in […]

Russel Reminder 1, Keith Locke and the DSP
February 9, 2006 – 2:35 am EST | 2 Comments
Russel Reminder 1, Keith Locke and the DSP

Several Green Party figures have dealings, with the Austalian, Marxist-Leninist group, the Democratic Socialist Party (or “Perspective” as it is now known). The Green Party’s probable future co-leader, Russel Norman, was a member of the DSP, in Brisbane, at least until 1991. He contributed several articles to the DSP’s newspaper, Green Left Weekly, from 1994 […]

I’m Still Waiting, My Amphibian Friends
February 8, 2006 – 1:41 am EST | 6 Comments
I’m Still Waiting, My Amphibian Friends

Still waiting for that retraction FrogBlog. Still waiting for answers to my questions, Russell.

Matt McCarten and the Marxist-Leninists
February 7, 2006 – 3:06 am EST | 2 Comments
Matt McCarten and the Marxist-Leninists

As promised, I will begin a series of posts on links between two key Green Party MPs, Keith Locke and Jeanette Fitzsimons and the Australian Marxist-Leninist organisation, the Democratic Socialist Party. Probable future Green Party co leader, Russel Norman was once in the DSP and wrote several articles for its paper, Green Left Weekly from […]

Trevor Loudon Replies to Russel Norman
February 6, 2006 – 2:31 am EST | 29 Comments
Trevor Loudon Replies to Russel Norman

While Russel Norman has yet to satisfactorily reply to my questions to him, there has been interest expressed on this and other Blogs, in my answers to questions posed by Russel to me. To remove any impediment to Russel clarifying the answers to my questions, I will now answer his questions to me. I hope […]

Fisking Russel Norman
February 4, 2006 – 10:59 pm EST | 13 Comments
Fisking Russel Norman

After confirming that he was once a member of an Australian Marxist-Leninist organisation, the Democratic Socialist Party, I sent Green Party official, Russel Norman some further questions. Below are the questions, Russel Norman’s replies and my comments. Trev. “Can you please confirm if you held any official positions in theSWP/DSP, or any of its auxiliary […]

S.A.P. Number 6, David Bedggood
February 4, 2006 – 1:18 am EST | 17 Comments
S.A.P. Number 6, David Bedggood

My sixth Socialist Academic Profile is on Auckland University senior sociology lecturer, David Bedggood. Bedggood is a veteran of the department, having joined it in 1972 after gaining an MA from Canterbury and a DPhil from Waikato. He was educated at Hamilton Tech and part-time at “every NZ university except Otago and Massey, while working […]

Roger Douglas Made Me Rude!
February 4, 2006 – 12:59 am EST | 2 Comments
Roger Douglas Made Me Rude!

From today’s Herald, Hat Tip Rodney Hide Boorish Kiwis could all be the fault of the fourth Labour Government, says Auckland University sociologist David Bedggood. He believes the sweeping market reforms that began with the advent of the David Lange-led Labour Government in 1984 moved people’s mindset away from egalitarian ideals of the past to […]

Marxists Set to Launch New Mag
February 3, 2006 – 7:14 am EST | 4 Comments
Marxists Set to Launch New Mag

In Australia, the Marxist-Leninist grouping, Democratic Socialist Perspective, has joined with the International Socialist Organisation and some other small Marxist parties, to form an umbrella group, the Socialist Alliance. The Socialist Alliance contests student, union, local body, state and federal elections and is attempting to become a “third force” in Australian politics, to the left […]

Chavez and Morales Ally to Fight Capitalism
February 3, 2006 – 4:23 am EST | 5 Comments
Chavez and Morales Ally to Fight Capitalism

New Bolivian President Evo Morales and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez have confirmed eight agreements to create greater cooperation between the two countries. Chavez said the two governments are united in a “battle against neoliberalism, against capitalism”. The areas that Venezuela and Bolivia have agreed to act on include health and education, as well as energy […]

Greens Love DSP, DSP Loves Chavez
February 3, 2006 – 3:05 am EST | 3 Comments
Greens Love DSP, DSP Loves Chavez

Russel Norman, Jeanette Fitzsimons and Keith Locke’s comrades in the Australian, Democratic Socialist Perspective, love Venezuela’s Marxist strongman, Hugo Chavez, like a chocolate. Here are excerpts from an article in GreenLeft Weekly from February 1, 2006 by long time DSP member Jim McIlroy, on Chavez’s speech at the recent World Social Forum in Caracas. VENEZUELA: […]

Heather Roy on Police Power and Juvenile Crims
February 3, 2006 – 12:46 am EST | 3 Comments
Heather Roy on Police Power and Juvenile Crims

ACT MP Heather Roy is the Party’s spokesman for security issues. Consequently she spent part of her Xmas break out with the Porirua police. Heather’s comments on juvenile offending and police power (or lack of)to deal with the problem. Juvenile offending has become a serious and escalating problem. I was surprised by the extent of […]

Further Questions For Russell Norman
February 2, 2006 – 6:47 am EST | 2 Comments
Further Questions For Russell Norman

Thank you Mr Norman, for confirming your membership of the Socialist Workers Party/Democratic Socialist Party. Perhaps you would be good enough to answer these questions. Can you please confirm if you held any official positions in the SWP/DSP, or any of its auxiliary organisations ie Resistance, Environmental Youth Alliance, CISLAC etc? Did you ever travel […]

Green's High Flier, Admits Marxist Background
February 2, 2006 – 6:13 am EST | One Comment
Green's High Flier, Admits Marxist Background

Leading Green Party co-ieadership contender, Russell Norman has admitted to beginning his political career as a member of a Marxist-Leninist political party. In response to my post on Norman’s links to the Australian , Norman, today, posted a statement on the Green Party’s FrogBlog. Here is an excerpt. I joined the Democratic Socialist Party (or […]

Rodney’s Vision for New Zealand
February 2, 2006 – 3:02 am EST | One Comment
Rodney’s Vision for New Zealand

Rodney Hide delivered his Forward Thinking for New Zealand speech at the Crowne Plaza Auckland, this morning. It’s just the kind of speech that ACT needs to set the tone for the next three years. ACT’s principle’s are laid out in practical terms and there’s good advice for Don Brash, on how to keep his […]

ACT on Campus Storms the Fortress
February 2, 2006 – 12:16 am EST | 2 Comments
ACT on Campus Storms the Fortress

ACT is set to elect a new board, president and vice-president. This is do or die stuff. ACT either has to get on track fast, or next election will be our last. What heartens me most and gives me confidence is the role ACT on Campus activists will be playing in the Party’s future. David […]

Green Party’s Marxist Links, Demand Explanation
February 1, 2006 – 7:22 am EST | 2 Comments
Green Party’s Marxist Links, Demand Explanation

The NZ Green Party, for many years, has been closely linked to the Australian “Democratic Socialist Party”, (now Democratic Socialist Perspective). Party leader, Jeanette Fitzsimons, International Affairs spokesman and MP, Keith Locke and 2005 campaign manager and probable next co-leader, Russell Norman, all have close ties to the DSP. So what? The DSP, despite its […]

Was the Green’s "Mr Clean", a Marxist-Leninist?
January 30, 2006 – 2:08 pm EST | 63 Comments
Was the Green’s "Mr Clean", a Marxist-Leninist?

The Green Party will choose a male co-leader at its national conference in June. In a speech to Green Party members Whangarei on the 28th of January, Greens’ co-leader, Jeanette Fitzsimons “sent a strong signal to the party’s grassroot members that they should consider looking outside the current crop of MPs for a new male […]

Red Flag Flies Over Latin America
January 30, 2006 – 3:15 am EST | 8 Comments
Red Flag Flies Over Latin America

The Communist Party USA sees great hope in Latin America and the Caribbean. Below are excerpts from an article from their “People’s Weekly World” reprinted in the Communist Party of Australia’s “Guardian” of 20th April, 2005. This was written before the socialist victories in Chile and Bolivia and of course, the possible socialist victories looming […]

Chavez Chooses Socialism
January 30, 2006 – 1:58 am EST | No Comment
Chavez Chooses Socialism

I believe Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez sees himself as the heir to Fidel Castro. I believe he will try to use his country’s oil wealth, to achieve Castro’s dream, socialism from Mexico to Argentina. Here are a few items on Chavez, taken from the Australian Communist Party’s “Guardian” and the Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s […]

Jordan Carter on Why Labour Can Win Again.
January 29, 2006 – 2:39 am EST | 8 Comments
Jordan Carter on Why Labour Can Win Again.

Jordan Carter of Just Left has has blogged on why he believes Labour can win a fourth term (shudder). The article is well worth a read by anyone who thinks the Centre/Right can coast to victory in 2008. Jordan Carter makes the point that; “Never again is there going to be the kind of confluence […]

Google Bes Evil
January 29, 2006 – 1:14 am EST | 5 Comments
Google Bes Evil

David Farrar at KiwiBlog has an excellent post on Google’s decision to set up a Google China service which will censor out terms unacceptable to the Chinese Government. Google’s motto is “Don’t Be Evil” so its fair to say that many, including myself are shocked and appalled by their decision. Says David “To put it […]

Cuban Trained Doctors "Sow the Seed of Solidarity"
January 28, 2006 – 6:50 am EST | 5 Comments
Cuban Trained Doctors "Sow the Seed of Solidarity"

In a recent post I wrote about the fact that Cuba is training East Timorese doctors. “Cameron” in a replying comment said “I don’t see what’s so wrong with this. East Timor can get a cheap boost to its poorly resourced health system” What Cameron misses is the fact that Castro does nothing for nothing. […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R. Number 3, Dale Frew
January 28, 2006 – 6:49 am EST | 3 Comments
W.A.Y.N.C.R. Number 3, Dale Frew

Anybody who attended Waikato Uni in the’90s would probably remember the subject of my third “Where Are You Now, Campus Radical?”, profile, Dale Frew. Frew was a “mature” student. He came to Waikato in ’92 after 10 years as a union official, first with the Butchers and grocers Union and then as Waikato Secretary of […]

S.A.P. Number 5, Mike Law
January 28, 2006 – 4:35 am EST | 7 Comments
S.A.P. Number 5, Mike Law

My latest Socialist Academic Profile is of Mike Law of Waikato University. Law has a BA from Auckland, a Diploma of Education Studies from Waikato and a masters of Education from Rutgers. He is chairman of the Department of Sociology and Social Policy and is Seniorr Lecturer (Labour and Trade Union Studies). Law has a […]

New Slogan for ACT?
January 27, 2006 – 11:53 pm EST | 2 Comments
New Slogan for ACT?

Rob Good at Puntiki wants your suggestions on a new slogan for ACT. “What would be a better slogan for ACT, should ACT drop a slogan all together, or do you like “The Liberal Party” slogan?

The "Liberal" Word, Help or Hindrance?
January 27, 2006 – 7:04 am EST | 23 Comments
The "Liberal" Word, Help or Hindrance?

From comments on ACT’s future posted on Rob Good’s Puntiki Dan King “ACT has never employed marketing effectively. Our liberal brand means nothing to the average Jo Schmo who might vote for us, if he actually knew us. We need to ditch this intellectual ‘liberal rubbish’ and go for grass roots branding. ‘The party for […]